Maeher: Melanistic Bobcats in Florida

Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 9th, 2007

Dr. Dave Maehr’s 1990 article details the discoveries of black bobcats in Florida.

Florida Black Bobcat

Please see below his Florida location chart (numbers 1 and 2 are from 1939-1940 through the 1990 captures).

Florida Black Bobcat Distribution

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Also here is a photograph from 1990 of a black Florida bobcat.

Florida Black Bobcat

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The pdf of Maehr’s 1990 report he co-authored, can be downloaded by clicking on its title here: "Melanistic Bobcats in Florida".

Black Bobcat

Melanistic felid photographed by Georgia Tech’s biology professor (ret.) Edward Yeargers, Martin County, Florida, December 2005.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.


4 Responses to “Maeher: Melanistic Bobcats in Florida”

  1. Darkstream responds:

    Wow. That top photo is great. I wasn’t so sure when I saw the bottom photograph yesterday, though the hindlegs were longer and more muscular than I’ve seen on any housecat, but the top photo shows a lot of detail for all of it’s blurriness. That ruff about the neck is pure bobcat. And the face is more feral than domestic. Are these animals protected?

    Guess I’m off to visit pages about Florida. 😉

  2. shumway10973 responds:

    sooooo, I take it although someone has proof, the “experts” aren’t accepting that they do exist? I’m just wondering seeing how I’ve never heard of them before. Kinda interesting that they would be black in an area where the sun can really be hot. Beautiful animal, though. I will say this, the face is difinitely bobcat, but the body is sleeker. The blury pics from the other article, I thought I saw stripes at the top of the short tail. Do we know if that is true? How does an animal that size go undetected in such a populated area?

  3. Loren Coleman responds:

    Please see the January 14th updated version:

    Top Twelve Black Bobcat Hot Spots

    It now notes the specific best dozen locations to go find these melanistic felids.

  4. Jeff Hamilton responds:

    I live in Osceola County, Florida on the edge of the Lake Wales Ridge, just north and slightly east of the “#5” in the graphic above. My wife and I saw, on Friday October 5, 2007 at dusk, two large black bobcats at the edge of the woods at the intersection of Hubbard Court and Tapestry Lane in Celebration, Florida 34747. We live in a neighborhood that is built literally into their habitat. Frankly, I never knew they existed until we saw them on Friday. We have a friend who lives across the woods in Reunion and she saw them this weekend as well.
    Interesting!




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